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Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Indians (Corey Kluber – R), 7:05
Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno – L), 7:05
Mets (Rafael Montero – R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Rangers (Colby Lewis – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Royals (Jason Vargas – L) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ – L), 7:07
Rays (David Price – L) at Red Sox (Brandon Workman – R), 7:10
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer – L), 8:10
Cubs (Travis Wood – L) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 8:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy – R) at White Sox (John Danks – L), 8:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 8:15
Reds (Mike Leake –R) at Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo – R), 9:40
Angels (Garrett Richards – R) at Athletics (Drew Pomeranz – L), 10:05
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 10:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Danny Valencia, DH, KC (Hand) – Missed fifth straight start on Thursday due to injury.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (Calf) – Did not start on Thursday due to tightness.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL (Calf) – Available only as a pinch hitter on Thursday.
Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI (Thumb) – Out of the lineup on Thursday.
Matt Cain, SP, SF (Hamstring) – Could miss Saturday’s start against the Cardinals.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (Back) – Missed Thursday’s game.
Wesley Wright, RP, CHC (Paternity list) – Will return to action on Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (Wrist) – Inflammation in wrist may prevent him from playing Friday.
Rajai Davis, OF, DET (Shoulder) – Available to pinch run on Thursday, may be back fully on Friday.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (Back) – Did not start on Thursday, but a possible return to the lineup on Friday
Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW (Back) – Soreness has kept him from playing first base in Jose Abreu’s absence.
Mike Carp, OF, BOS (Foot) – X-Rays were negative and only available to pinch hit on Thursday.

Players on the DL

Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (Elbow) – Swung the bat 25 times from each side of the plate on Thursday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA (Hamstring) – Started a rehab assignment on Thursday.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (Shoulder) – Threw long toss on Thursday, but has yet to throw from the mound.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Has not been cleared to throw as of yet.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (Elbow) – Threw a simulated game on Thursday.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (Shoulder) – Dealing with soreness after rehab start, but considered normal.
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL (Groin) – May return when eligible to come off the DL early June.
Jesse Crain, RP, HOU (Elbow, Biceps) – May return to action in late June.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quad) – Fielded ground balls on Thursday and will possibly take batting practice over the next few days.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) – There is still no timetable on Victorino’s return to game play.
Ryan Cook, RP, OAK (Forearm) – Felt very good after throwing a bullpen session on Thursday.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Finger) – Ran the bases, but no action with the bat as of yet.
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, MIL (Shoulder) – No exact return date scheduled as of yet.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Thumb) – Days as a third baseman may be over as the Nationals may try him in other spots.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI (Elbow) – Will throw a simulated game on Friday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB (Thumb) – Expected to be activated for weekend series on Friday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Finger) – Should start baseball activities this weekend.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RP, PHI (Shoulder) – Continued throwing program on Thursday after MRI revealed no structural damage.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – A few weeks away from starting a rehab assignment.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Activated from the DL

Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Sean Burnett, RP, WAS – (Elbow)

Called Up

Matt Shoemaker, RP, LAA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Cole Figueroa, 2B, TB
Blake Parker, RP, CHC
Juan Centeno, C, NYM

Closer Watch

New York Mets – You’ll see that reliever Jeurys Familia picked up the save on Wednesday night, but you can ignore that situation altogether. Familia came into the game in the eighth inning with two runners on base which is why he netted the save, but as long as Jenrry Mejia is locking down games with the success rate he’s had to this point there won’t be a need for Familia in a saves capacity.

Miami Marlins – You still have to wonder what manager Mike Redmond is thinking bringing in closer Steve Cishek in non-save situations, especially since Cishek has been getting regular work of late. He came into the game on Wednesday and gave up a run on two hits in an inning pitched when he should’ve been resting.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Morneau 1B COL @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 12 5 1 1 4 1 2 .417 .462 .667 1.128
B. Abreu OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 64 20 8 1 9 13 20 .313 .423 .469 .892
C. Granderson OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 13 3 3 1 1 1 3 .231 .333 .615 .949
B. McCann C NYY vs MIN
7:05PM
R. Nolasco 58 20 12 8 23 2 9 .345 .361 .828 1.188
J. Bautista OF TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 13 2 2 2 3 6 3 .154 .450 .615 1.065
M. Cabrera OF TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 14 5 3 1 4 0 2 .357 .357 .786 1.143
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 18 5 4 2 5 5 2 .278 .417 .722 1.139
D. Navarro C TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 12 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .538 .500 1.038
J. Reyes SS TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 10 5 2 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 .700 1.200
W. Castillo C CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 14 4 3 3 6 0 3 .286 .286 .929 1.214
S. Castro SS CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 21 8 3 0 2 0 3 .381 .381 .571 .952
R. Braun OF MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
T. Wood 22 7 5 1 5 1 4 .318 .348 .636 .984
A. Pagan OF SF @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 15 6 2 0 3 3 4 .400 .500 .600 1.100
G. Parra OF ARI vs CIN
9:40PM
M. Leake 10 4 1 1 2 0 1 .400 .400 .700 1.100
R. Bernadina OF CIN @ ARI
9:40PM
B. Arroyo 10 7 2 0 2 1 0 .700 .667 .900 1.567
S. Schumaker 2B CIN @ ARI
9:40PM
B. Arroyo 51 19 3 1 6 4 7 .373 .411 .471 .881
Y. Cespedes OF OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 12 3 3 0 3 1 3 .250 .308 .583 .891
B. Moss 1B OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 16 6 4 1 3 1 4 .375 .412 .750 1.162
J. Reddick OF OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 11 4 0 0 0 3 0 .364 .500 .364 .864
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ SEA
10:10PM
H. Iwakuma 20 8 4 3 3 2 3 .400 .478 .900 1.378
T. Snider OF PIT @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 14 5 1 1 2 2 5 .357 .438 .571 1.009
J. Smoak 1B SEA vs DET
10:10PM
J. Verlander 10 4 2 2 4 2 6 .400 .500 1.000 1.500
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Julio Teheran ATL @ MIA
7:10PM
85 18 5 2 9 7 24 .212 .276 .308 .584
David Price TB @ BOS
7:10PM
155 34 13 3 11 13 39 .219 .285 .341 .626
Travis Wood CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
96 21 10 5 13 6 22 .219 .287 .430 .717
Marco Estrada MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
99 21 10 5 11 5 27 .212 .255 .436 .691
Madison Bumgarner SF @ STL
8:15PM
81 14 4 0 6 2 17 .173 .190 .227 .417
Justin Verlander DET @ SEA
10:10PM
125 32 12 4 16 6 36 .256 .301 .433 .734
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs DET
10:10PM
77 17 5 4 4 5 21 .221 .275 .401 .676
Cold Batter Matchups – May 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 21 3 1 0 4 2 10 .143 .208 .190 .399
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs MIN
7:05PM
R. Nolasco 19 3 1 0 1 3 4 .158 .273 .211 .483
A. Soriano OF NYY vs MIN
7:05PM
R. Nolasco 28 5 2 2 4 0 4 .179 .200 .393 .593
A. Escobar SS KC @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ 12 1 1 0 1 1 3 .083 .154 .167 .321
O. Infante 2B KC @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ 22 4 2 1 1 3 4 .182 .280 .364 .644
A. Lind 1B TOR vs KC
7:07PM
J. Vargas 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .182 .182 .364
J. Gomes OF BOS vs TB
7:10PM
D. Price 20 4 1 0 1 1 6 .200 .238 .250 .488
D. Nava OF BOS vs TB
7:10PM
D. Price 20 2 0 0 0 1 8 .100 .143 .100 .243
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs TB
7:10PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
A. Hechavarria SS MIA vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 14 2 1 0 0 0 4 .143 .143 .214 .357
G. Stanton OF MIA vs ATL
7:10PM
J. Teheran 12 1 1 0 1 4 4 .083 .313 .167 .479
D. Barney 2B CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 10 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .000 .091
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 18 1 0 0 1 0 4 .056 .056 .056 .111
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Estrada 11 1 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .182 .348
C. Gomez OF MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
T. Wood 16 3 1 1 2 3 4 .188 .316 .375 .691
J. Lucroy C MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
T. Wood 14 2 0 0 1 0 3 .143 .143 .143 .286
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
T. Wood 21 2 1 1 1 1 4 .095 .240 .238 .478
G. Blanco OF SF @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 12 2 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
B. Crawford SS SF @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 13 4 2 0 2 0 3 .308 .308 .462 .769
H. Pence OF SF @ STL
8:15PM
A. Wainwright 45 13 5 1 1 0 12 .289 .289 .444 .733
M. Ellis 2B STL vs SF
8:15PM
M. Bumgarner 18 2 0 0 0 0 4 .111 .111 .111 .222
M. Holliday OF STL vs SF
8:15PM
M. Bumgarner 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Y. Molina C STL vs SF
8:15PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .200 .473
C. Ross OF ARI vs CIN
9:40PM
M. Leake 11 3 2 0 0 0 4 .273 .273 .455 .727
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ ARI
9:40PM
B. Arroyo 41 10 5 1 4 1 13 .244 .262 .415 .677
C. Crisp OF OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 2 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 18 6 1 0 0 0 5 .333 .333 .389 .722
J. Jaso C OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 12 2 2 0 3 0 3 .167 .167 .333 .500
T. Hunter OF DET @ SEA
10:10PM
H. Iwakuma 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
C. Figgins OF LAD vs PIT
10:10PM
F. Liriano 16 4 1 0 0 0 7 .250 .250 .313 .563
R. Martin C PIT @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
W. Bloomquist SS SEA vs DET
10:10PM
J. Verlander 10 2 1 0 0 0 6 .200 .200 .300 .500
J. Buck C SEA vs DET
10:10PM
J. Verlander 32 8 3 2 4 0 10 .250 .294 .469 .763
M. Saunders OF SEA vs DET
10:10PM
J. Verlander 17 3 1 0 2 0 4 .176 .176 .235 .412
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 30, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MIN @ NYY
7:05PM
132 38 18 11 32 8 17 .288 .330 .590 .920
Jason Vargas KC @ TOR
7:07PM
94 30 13 5 17 12 15 .319 .397 .583 .981
Adam Wainwright STL vs SF
8:15PM
127 39 11 2 11 7 29 .307 .343 .434 .777
Bronson Arroyo ARI vs CIN
9:40PM
105 38 11 3 13 6 20 .362 .387 .524 .911
Garrett Richards LAA @ OAK
10:05PM
118 36 14 2 16 10 24 .305 .359 .471 .831

Recommended Pickup

Tommy Medica, 1B, SD – With the way Yonder Alonso has been playing ball this season, Medica makes for an intriguing grab right now. Medica has power potential, with 23 homers at three different levels in 2013, while knocking in two home runs over the last four days at the big league level this season. Medica is a deeper-league option, but still worth noting and paying attention to considering the general lack of oomph with the Padres offense overall in 2014.

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